The College of Arts & Sciences has announced the award of the 2013-14 Candace Bernard and Robert Glickman Dean’s Professorships to three tenure-track faculty, based on their scholarly accomplishments and promise and their commitment to excellent teaching:
- Holly Goddard Jones, assistant professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, joined the UNCG faculty in 2009. Her work has appeared in some of the foremost venues for both fiction and non-fiction and her stories have been anthologized in volumes such as “The Year’s Best New Stories from the South,” “Best American Mystery Stories” and the forthcoming “The Lineup: 25 Provocative Women Writers.” Her collection of short stories, “Girl Trouble,” has been translated into French and Italian, and the rights to her new novel “The Next Time You See Me,” which is an alternate selection of both the Book of the Month Club and the Mystery Guild, have been sold in the UK, France, Italy and The Netherlands. She received the 2013 Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She has had great success as a teacher of fiction writing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Sheryl Oring, assistant professor in the Department of Art, joined the UNCG faculty in 2011. Her interdisciplinary works rely on public and community interaction to engage with important social issues and events through public participation. As an example, in 2011 she was commissioned by the New York Public Library to produce a project called Collective Memory to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Teams of typists sat in Bryant Park in New York City and asked passers-by to respond to the question: “What would you like the world to remember about 9/11?” The replies were typed verbatim on postcards and subsequently both exhibited and published in a limited edition set of books. She has produced works in Russia and Brazil and recently won an international competition to create public art for an expansion of the San Diego International Airport. In addition to her successful formal teaching, she led a project to engage students in an exploration of the meaning of diversity on campus.
- Clifford Smyth, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, joined the UNCG faculty in 2008. His research in combinatorial probability has been published in some of the leading journals in his field, including two in the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, widely regarded as one of the most important journals in the field of mathematics, and he is regularly invited to present his research at some of the country’s most prestigious institutions. His research has been funded by the National Security Agency and the Simons Foundation, and he participates in two major collaborative projects funded by the National Science Foundation that support undergraduate involvement in the STEM disciplines. He has contributed to the department’s Math Emporium, an innovative model for teaching introductory mathematics, in addition to teaching courses at all levels and supervising graduate theses.
The Bernard-Glickman Dean’s Professorships are made possible by a generous gift from Candace Bernard ‘67 and Robert Glickman of Wayne, Penn. Each award includes a salary stipend and a fund for research. In announcing the recipients at the College of Arts & Sciences’ End-of-Year Celebration, Dr. Timothy D. Johnston, dean of the College, noted that the awards provide an opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and promise of the College’s untenured faculty.